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Farms with a Future : Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

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What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer?

Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this uniquely important book, which is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable. Over an entire year, the author and her husband-experienced farmers themselves-took a sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers. Along the way they learned about best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn't work.

Farms with a Future shares this collective wisdom in an inspirational yet practical manner; it will help beginners avoid many of the common mistakes that first-time farmers make. Just as importantly, it discusses positive ideas that can help make any farm enterprise vibrant and financially profitable. Profiles of more than a dozen representative farms help round out the invaluable information and encourage farmers to embrace their inner entrepreneur. Younger growers, in particular, will benefit by learning about "the right stuff" from both their peers and longtime experts.This book provides a useful reference for beginning and experienced farmers alike. While many other books address agricultural production, there are very few that talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future offers an approachable, colorful take on building a triple-bottom-line farming business.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 178 x 252 x 17.02mm | 648.64g
  • White River Junction, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, index, bibliography
  • 1603584382
  • 9781603584388
  • 263,390

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"Farms with a Future is an important book. If you are new to farming, read it now. If you've been in the business for a while, read it every year to keep yourself on track." -- Shannon Hayes, author Radical Homemakers "This book does what books are supposed to do, that is, it gives the reader on-the-ground experience that would otherwise take years to gain." -- Gene Logsdon, author of The Contrary Farmer
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About Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Rebecca Thistlethwaite runs a small farm and food business consulting firm called Sustain Consulting and is starting a small homestead (smallholding) inOregon with her husband and daughter. She has raised organic pastured livestock and poultry and she is on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association in the US, as well as the Columbia Gorge Earth Center and writes for blogs such as "Cooking Up a Story" and her own blog "Honest Meat". Her other recent pursuits include training oxen, holistic financial planning, and learning how to make fermented foods. Farms with a Future is her first book.
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